Delaware represents an important place in the climactic series of cases that made up Brown v. Board of Education. In a landmark decision on the case, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. Delaware’s black communities endured the same inequitable educational conditions of “separate but equal” as Southern states. Gebhart v. Belton took place in Wilmington and became one of the five lawsuits that culminated in the ruling on Brown v. Board of Education.

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